Parents as Partners Episode # 39 Sheila Stewart and Arlene Morell Networking Parent Involvement Committees
Sheila Stewart and Arlene Morell joined the show to share their
experiences attending the People for Education
Conference as well as a conversation about board-wide Parent Involvement
Committees and how they
can network to support student achievement. Sheila is a parent of two
teens from Thunder Bay. She has volunteered in schools and on school
councils at the elementary and secondary levels. She has been a member
of their district's "Council of School Council Chairs (CSCC) for 7
years, and was a representative for that committee on Lakehead District
School Board's Parent Involvement Committee for 4 years. She is
currently a school council co-chair at the secondary level, and
continuing her support for school council chairs as a coordinator of the
CSCC network meetings. She has also been an active network member of
People for Education.
Arlene Morell directs and coordinates the Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee ( TVPIC) since its inception in 2006. Her experience in the field of parent engagement and leadership includes 15 years as a parent leader both at the local and system level. As the chairperson of TVPIC , Arlene oversaw the development and implementation of parent involvement programs and initiatives including school council leadership development. She coordinated workshops, training sessions and conferences and developed school council resources Arlene also implemented a collaborative partnership with the Co-terminus District School Council and PIC. This partnership between the public and Catholic school board has realized many joint initiatives in a manner that builds community supporting student achievement, This shared vision for building stronger educational partnerships and communities has lead the parent leadership team \to jointly advocate for parent engagement, anti-violence/bullying initiatives, reducing media violence, children with special needs, mental health issues – and more.
03:59 - Lorna Costantini
04:17 - Kim Caise
04:24 - Kim Caise
04:44 - Liz Kolb
06:35 - Sheila Stewart
07:07 - Kim Caise
07:12 - Lorna Costantini
07:17 - Gay Stephenson
07:34 - Gay Stephenson
glad to be here Lorna
07:37 - Sheila Stewart
07:44 - Gay Stephenson
07:54 - Arlene Morell
08:03 - Gay Stephenson
09:35 - Kim Caise
09:45 - Arlene Morell
are we recovered
10:14 - Gay Stephenson
Yes, we loved having it be online this year - a big thanks to TVO for that.
11:47 - Lorna Costantini
12:20 - Gay Stephenson
The people make the conference great :)
12:22 - Jeannine St. Amand
not tonight Lorna - not at home right now
12:39 - Lorna Costantini
13:11 - Gay Stephenson
Participants mainly from Ontario.
13:45 - Gay Stephenson
Some of the panelists came from Quebec, Nova Scotia and BC
15:18 - Gay Stephenson
Impromtu party on Sat night was a special treat - thanks Arlene
19:50 - Kim Caise
are there follow up resources like wikis, nings, voicethreads to further the conversations?
20:55 - Kim Caise
21:03 - Gay Stephenson
21:05 - Kim Caise
who is he?
21:10 - Gay Stephenson
Our ning is http://schools-at-the-centre.ning.com/
21:17 - Kim Caise
okay thank you
21:18 - Sheila Stewart
22:08 - Gay Stephenson
We will post the slides and TVO will post great video, and I have some to edit too!
22:33 - Gay Stephenson
Yes, you deserve breakfast in bed!
22:35 - Kim Caise
what is TVO?
22:51 - Gay Stephenson
22:59 - Kim Caise
22:59 - Kim Caise
23:09 - Lorna Costantini
23:25 - Lorna Costantini
23:33 - Lorna Costantini
23:52 - Kim Caise
p4e is what?
23:54 - Gay Stephenson
cool we all have hastags now
23:58 - Kim Caise
sorry, not familiar with these terms
24:01 - Jeannine St. Amand
Did you have much virtual participation in the part that was open?
24:05 - Kim Caise
24:28 - Gay Stephenson
#p4e hashtag for People for Education http://www.peopleforeducation.com/
24:47 - Kim Caise
i don't want to stray from your conversation thread
26:53 - Kim Caise
PIC as in parental involvement committee, right?
27:06 - Lorna Costantini
27:11 - Kim Caise
27:13 - Gay Stephenson
Jeannine, we did have good online participation both through the TVO chat and by using twitter... we hope to expand next year
27:47 - Gay Stephenson
Good summary of what's ahead Sheila!
29:20 - Jeannine St. Amand
Great to hear Gay. In a small province like NB with lots of rural areas, we're going to need to use tech to get every corner involved.
29:31 - Sheila Stewart
Yes the twitters during the panel presentation were really interesting
30:40 - Kim Caise
did you use a particular twitter hashtag, Gay?
31:37 - Gay Stephenson
Yes, I agree. Paule from Quebec is doing some amazing things with her community schools in this regard. Using web video conferencing to bring in pschologists to give a talk to parents at each of her schools
32:53 - Sheila Stewart
Will PICs communicate to all parents, or will school councils communicate to their parents with the support of PIC? Writing this before I forget
33:14 - Jeannine St. Amand
Moving from "advice" role to "leadership" role sounds excellent - challenging, but excellent!
33:15 - Kim Caise
33:25 - Kim Caise
so true @jeannine
33:28 - Sheila Stewart
33:32 - Kim Caise
33:56 - Sheila Stewart
I use lots of TVPIC resources!
33:59 - Nicole Larsen (@audiochik)
34:02 - Kim Caise
is that accessible outside of Canada?
34:09 - Kim Caise
34:12 - Kim Caise
will check it out
34:20 - Kim Caise
34:50 - Jeannine St. Amand
Will the PICs be voluntary, or is there compensation involved?
35:37 - Arlene Morell
no pay involved
35:39 - Gay Stephenson
voluntary is the way they are set now
35:51 - Arlene Morell
36:43 - Kim Caise
your blog posts about parent involvement are fantastic and love the tools you share with the parents
36:55 - Kim Caise
does each PIC have a blog?
36:58 - Kim Caise
or not yet?
37:35 - Gay Stephenson
Kim, are you talking to Arlene, or Sheila or me?
37:41 - Kim Caise
38:01 - Kim Caise
Gay, I am interested how the communication from the committees are
38:02 - Arlene Morell
I have a blog and setting up a blog for Thames Valley
38:20 - Kim Caise
do the PICs use web tools and blog for that same purpose?
38:51 - Kim Caise
who 'creates' the PICs?
39:11 - Sheila Stewart
the Ministry mandated them
39:24 - Gay Stephenson
In schools @ the centre everyone can create a blog or a discussion - we have many PIC chairs contributing to the conversations, answering and asking questions
39:41 - Arlene Morell
parents and school boards following mandatefrom above
40:02 - Kim Caise
i see. so the PICs are mandated by the ministry and each province creates the committee?
40:28 - Sheila Stewart
each board has to have a PIC
40:50 - Sheila Stewart
each school has a school council
41:01 - Gay Stephenson
the tricky part is connecting PICs to local school councils and PICS to one another, and parents to parents - that's why we try to provide that online space and support
44:10 - Jeannine St. Amand
I love the mandate of the PIC, but wonder if we could find enough people when we already have trouble filling School Councils and District Councils.
44:11 - Arlene Morell
using technology is helpffuls Ooops
45:15 - Arlene Morell
we still have many families without high speed
46:05 - Sheila Stewart
yes, Jeannine....some areas will stuggle for a parent majority, which is required on these committees
47:31 - Jeannine St. Amand
Good point Lorna - we are very clear on who speaks for School/District Councils in N.B., we'd have to consider amplifying that "voice" somehow.
51:27 - Sheila Stewart
PICs have to support the work of school councils, but school council members do not have to be on PICs necessarily
51:57 - Kim Caise
can teachers serve on the PICs?
52:12 - Kim Caise
if their child attends a particular school or in a specific region?
52:15 - Sheila Stewart
yes, they can have 1 teacher
53:51 - Sheila Stewart
also 1 principal
54:41 - Arlene Morell
pic's have parents in majority..director and one Trustee
56:22 - Arlene Morell
we have schoolcouncil members on PIC they have regional responsibilities
57:08 - Arlene Morell
we did teambuilding in the very beginning
58:18 - Kimberley Engler
I am a mom that has kids in George Couros school @promom4 on twitter
58:33 - Kimberley Engler
58:38 - Kimberley Engler
58:57 - Gay Stephenson
Kimberley where is your school? In Canada or USA?
59:01 - Kimberley Engler
59:03 - Jeannine St. Amand
Ah Kimberley - I'd love to have your principal!
59:11 - Kimberley Engler
Im grateful to have him
59:18 - Gay Stephenson
Great to meet you online!
59:24 - Sheila Stewart
I follow him on twitter
59:43 - Lorna Costantini
59:46 - Kimberley Engler
Thanks you too Gay whats your twiiter name?
1:02:21 - Kimberley Engler
Thank you everybody looking forward to learning from all of you!
1:02:24 - Jeannine St. Amand
"keep it real" that is what we all need to remember!
1:02:41 - Gay Stephenson
Yes, you both do wonderful work!
1:02:49 - Gay Stephenson
See you then